LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Like a scene from a Hollywood caper film, a tuxedo-clad photographer foiled an additional man’s try to make off with Frances McDormand’s Oscar from an formal Academy Awards right after-social gathering on Sunday.
Los Angeles police reported on Monday that social gathering-goer Terry Bryant was arrested on a grand theft cost and was currently being held on $20,000 bond. It was unclear if he experienced an attorney.
Bryant was arrested right after McDormand’s finest actress Oscar went lacking briefly at the lavish Governor’s Ball social gathering in Hollywood, exactly where Academy Award winners have their statuettes engraved following the annual ceremony.
McDormand, 60, won the award for her function as an offended, grieving mother in “Three Billboards Outdoors Ebbing, Missouri.”
“I lost my Oscar,” the two-time Oscar winner reported, shrugging her shoulders as she left the social gathering, in accordance to online video recorded by Reuters Tv.
The Reuters online video captured Bryant leaving the ball holding the Oscar and declaring, “We received it. We did it. We did it. I received to go.”
The Los Angeles police department reported in a assertion that the photographer, whom they did not determine, grew suspicious when he unsuccessful to “recognize Bryant as a receiver from the awards display.”
He adopted Bryant out of the social gathering “and with out any resistance from Bryant took the Oscar from him,” the assertion reported.
It was not obvious how Bryant took possession of the Oscar, or in what potential he was attending the function, but police reported he experienced a ticket to enter.
Bryant also posted a online video on social media of himself at the function holding an Oscar statuette and telling other visitors he was a winner.
“After a transient time apart, Frances and her Oscar have been happily reunited. They celebrated the reunion with a double cheeseburger from In and Out,” McDormand’s representative, Simon Halls, reported in a assertion, referring to the California speedy-foodstuff chain.
Halls did not say whether or not McDormand prepared to push charges. The Academy of Movement Image Arts and Sciences, which retains some legal rights to the Oscar statuettes it arms out, did not return a request for comment on Monday.
Ahead of McDormand retook possession of her Oscar, Reuters photographer Mario Anzuoni saw an Academy formal at the Governor’s Ball hand the recovered statuette to finest actor winner Gary Oldman to return to McDormand.
Oldman posed for pictures with the two Oscars but returned McDormand’s to officials simply because the actress experienced by now left the ball.
Reporting by Eric Kelsey More reporting by Alan Devall and Mario Anzuoni in Los Angeles Modifying by Jonathan Oatis and Matthew Lewis